Resources for the
Study of Black Washington
by Donna M. Wells
An immense supply of resources combine to provide important
insight into the growth and development of Black families, organizations, institutions,
social and religious consciousness, and the continuing struggle for civil rights and human
justice in the capital city. The following citations represent a sample of resources in a
variety of formats, including published works, print media, and videography. Also included
are references to non-print collections such as oral histories, manuscripts, web sites,
and photographs. The criteria for inclusion in this resource guide is that each entry
refers to either a finding aid to collections in local repositories, a general resource on
Washington with references to the city's Black population, or a resource which
concentrates specifically on some aspect of Black culture and history in Washington. Some
of the items included under Print Media may be out of print but they are available
from area libraries and repositories, including the Library Division of the
Moorland-Spingarn Research Center.
Collins, Kathleen. Washingtoniana
Photographs: Collections in the
Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress.
Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1989.
Fisher, Perry G. Materials
for the Study of Washington: A Selected
Annotated Bibliography. Washington: George
Gilmore, Matthew. Black
Washingtoniana: a (Preliminary) Basic
Bibliography of Materials Relating to Blacks in the
of the Washingtoniana Division, D.C. Public Library.
Washington, D.C. : DC
Public Library, 1998.
Levey, Bob and Jane Freundel
Levey. Washington Album:
A Pictorial History of the Nation's Capital. Washington,
Washington Post Books, 2000.
Melder, Keith [ with Melinda
Young Stewart]. City of Magnificent
Intentions: A History of Washington, District of
[Textbook]. 2nd edition. Washington, DC: Intac, Inc., 1997.